Reflections

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Last week our Women’s Ministry Team met to reflect and share notes on our recent women’s conference, Compassionate Community, with Susan Hunt. The focus of the conference was Biblical Womanhood, as expressed in Titus 2 Spiritual Mothering relationships. As one, we all agree that Susan’s message to us was not only precisely what the local church, but also the Church as a whole desperately needs to hear. We were overwhelmed by the positive response to the conference—and by positive response, I mean women who were starving for this message were brought to feast on the bread of God’s Word and they left nourished, but hungry for more!

The following is the talk given by Jana to open our meeting, based on her own reflections on the conference as they corresponded with her devotional reading in John’s Gospel. We are all excited to see what the Lord will do not only in our own women’s ministry, but in the ministries and churches represented at the conference. May we be willing vessels, believing his promises and carrying out the works for which he has prepared us, firm in our faith, with humility and love for one another. ~Barbaranne Kelly


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Looking To Jesus, Chapter 10

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

On any given day, if I don’t think about it too much, I’m rather content. Now, Scripture calls us to contentment, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. Most days I’m content to simply be average: averagely comfortable, moderately productive, and conveniently involved in the lives of others. I will see what’s happening among others in my church community or ‘out there’ in the world and I can get energized or upset by current events, but only until it pushes me against my comfort zone, and then—that’s quite enough already; simmer down; back to average comfort. After all, I’m an introvert. A low-energy introvert. Don’t even talk about looking inward. This is how God made me. Leave me alone—I mean, I’m fine. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 1

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97

Psalm 119 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. I love the psalms to begin with; so rich they are with words of prayer, praise, and petition to God. In Psalm 119, the psalmist pours forth his love for the word of God in 176 verses, using some of the most beautiful techniques of Hebrew poetry to paint his picture for us. My heart gets wrapped up in praise with the psalmist every time I read it. I love the Scriptures! I love reading them, and studying them, alone with God and with others. My passion for women’s ministry flows out of my love for Him and His Word. Continue reading

Hope For the Battle

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

On Tuesday, we will begin learning together about the great calling and identity we have as redeemed women in the body of Christ, using the book Women’s Ministry in the Local Church, by J Ligon Duncan III and Susan Hunt (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006).

Before we do, I want to share with you (per request) my answer to the last question of the Joshua and Ephesians study a group of ladies just wrapped up this past Tuesday. Continue reading